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COVID INSANITY… it’s a thing y’all.

Dear Ones,

I don’t talk about a whole lot of politics on my blog, but I just want to remind anyone (you know, the three of ya) who reads my blog to research and look at conflicting views on things. Don’t just take your favorite news channel’s views on thing. And mostly – choose the view of The Church. YES – we have to follow the law of the land, but we are bound by our Faith to stand with God’s Rules. Currently there are so many infringements on our rights going on in our beautiful America, that my head is about to explode. More than that, common sense and logic are GONE! I feel like I am in an Eagle’s nest watching my beautiful country implode.

I think the isolation and fear of it all have gotten to so many otherwise sane people. I really want to believe there are a lot of good people left in the world. Let’s PRAY for that to be true. Because – COVID INSANITY… it’s a thing y’all.

I am framing a few posts about race and things, given that my family is bi-racial and I’m not going to be forced to choose which child I like better based on the color of their skin. I mean – who would do that? But I will be waiting to post them until I can state my position in a classy way, because it all kinda makes me angry. And I believe in tempering my words.

Which got me thinking… we need to teach our children to be good people, good listeners, and loyal friends. In the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about negative people… you know the kind who NEVER have a positive thing to say. It’s all about their way or what they desire and they are NEVER wrong. You know the type. The scatter the earth with rumors and lies and are narcissistic adults that bounce from friend to friend because they can’t keep friends long term. It’s so sad. I judge myself harshly for being so lost in the mire of life where you feel stuck in the negativity after so much as gone wrong – bogged down in the mud and much. But we must lift ourselves out of it brothers and sisters, by clinging to basic truths taught to us by Jesus.

Surround yourselves with good and loyal Christian people. Be the kind of spouse, friend, parent, family member others will admire and respect because they see Jesus in you. And for those you come across who don’t really know Jesus, use their ugliness as a reminder to pray for them. Truly – it will soften your heart.

Many of us are isolated. I’m in another country, for heaven’s sake. Mass is televised. It’s a sad time for us all. But we have the Saints and so many others to look to. Get out your Saint Books. Read your Bibles. Play Family Games. Bake for a neighbor. Exercise. But please, bite your tongue and say a Hail Mary or just call on the Holy Spirit instead of saying or doing something ugly. It’s enough already. For the record, if you feel like COVID is making you a bad version of yourself reach out to someone who will listen. I’m here. AND maybe look away from the news and insanity.

I pray your week is great. We spent the day cooking and prepping for the week yesterday – so I am feeling organized – Kinda.

Love, Hugs & Blessings All!
Lady Em

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Remember Small Success Thursday?

Happy Thursday!

Small Success Thursday is BACK and on Instagram, but I thought I’d bring it back here too, on account of – I wanna! HA

I usually get up with Marque about 0445 to make his breakfast, put together his lunch, and get him coffee… he leaves by 0520. But this mornin, there were 🐜🐜🐜 all over the covered bagel in his lunch box (he left it to thaw)… ugh. Yeah, this place is buggier than Florida and Texas combined! Seriously!

In the first picture, you see a lot of my kitchen. The ants in question were near the mixer (covered in Texas Cloth) and yes that is 27 degrees C on the fan (aka Air conditioner). The second picture is the shelves where behind them – and in all the bins had sugar ants in them. Thank GOODNESS we keep everything in containers (thank you Tupperware) and bags (ziploc).

But let me tell you about the small success… After a brief moment or ten of freaking out at the ants covering the bagel I needed to cut and toast… I cleaned it all up, he helped when he came down! We sprayed & wiped the bins AND powdered outside on the terrace! Yes, after all this…After I got hubs out on time, I sat down with my coffee and thought “someone, somewhere would love to be alive killing ants!”

Now listen, it’s not glamorous. But – staying positive is everything!

Other Small Successes:

  • making headway on PTSA paperwork.
  • continuing to set boundaries with manipulative people.
  • I am proud that my attitude is finally getting better thanks to our Loving Father’s continual correction!
  • starting to set attainable goals and write again!

Yay! Happy Thursday all! Tell me about your small successes!
Here are my hashtags I used. HA:
@catholicmomcommunity #catholicsofinstagram #smallsuccess #ladyemisaworkinprogress #celebratesmallsuccess #catholicmomcommunity #thankyoujesusforgreatcatholicinfluencers #dontyouwantmetocookforyou #antsareprotientoo #icrackmyselfup

Love, Hugs & Blessings ALL,
Lady Em

Catholic Faith · Catholic Mom · Davis Family · Gospel Reflection · Italy

Blog Purpose & Gospel Reflection.

Dear Ones,

If you are here reading, I implore you to stick around. I have a lot to say, about the world and life. I’m just trying to find my purpose in blogging.

When I started blogging in 2005/2006, I had one blog – a crafty blog. I was on design teams for stamp companies and paper crafted daily. Now my craft stuff sits quietly waiting for me to play (for the most part). Then, in 2006 I started a family blog to inform my husband and father, both in Iraq, on different bases, about my son and I and our lives because it was easier for them to read my blog, than it was to email or talk. When I started homeschooling, I regularly blogged about that, and also linked up with other Catholic moms. But the link ups have largely gone away and I missed them. Anyway… I changed blog names a few times and platforms too. And with all the changes in the past few years I’ve gotten myself confused about my blog purpose. I will be back. It may just all look different. I’ve merged my blogs now and I’m trying to come up with a balance and goal/purpose.

I’ll tell ya what though, for the past few years a constant has been writing Gospel Reflections for Catholicmom.com and I’m so thankful they keep inviting me back. Today, my Gospel Reflection on the Exaltation of the Cross, today’s Gospel in John 3:13-17 was published, and as I read it, I’m hopeful it will touch you. Here is the Gospel reading from the Magnificat.

Here is an excerpt of my reflection on their post:
Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today’s Gospel.

Reflection by Emily Davis

Today’s Gospel: John 3:13-17 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus asks us to believe in something that we cannot possibly understand, except through our relationship with Him.

Shortly before I wrote this, my husband and I had the opportunity to chaperone a confirmation retreat. We live in Naples, Italy, and were at a beautiful, 1600-year-old monastery, run by the Order of Saint Brigit of Sweden. The grounds and buildings were spectacular, and the views of the Bay of Naples breathtaking. But my photographer’s eye kept landing on the cross at the end of the path. 

I could see the cross almost the entire time we were outside, and there was something comforting about knowing it was there. As I was editing my pictures, I noticed there were many of this cross, some in the distance as I was taking pictures of other things. A simple metal cross, on a large cement stand, right at the end of the intersection of the paths, before the wall that protects you from falling down a mountain. 

We are called to keep our eyes on Jesus on the cross, living in the knowledge that if we obey and him and live our lives in the ways of our Catholic faith, of the Church He founded, we will one day be reunited in Heaven. God answered so many personal prayers on this retreat, and in the weeks after. I’m rejuvenated by Our Lord’s love and the way He trusts me, in spite of my humanity, to have blind faith in Him and the lessons He teaches us by His example.

I also wanted to share with you, the cross I speak of in the text above. The old Monastery is now run by the Order of Saint Bridget. You can read more by clicking on the link attached to her name.

Thank you for reading my post. Thank you for cheering me on. I promise I’ll be back soon with some semblance of regular blogging. I am being called to write and craft again. Pray for me.

Also – please subscribe to the Gospel Reflections. So many people write them. I love the perspectives and thought-provoking posts. We are truly blessed as Catholics.

Blessed Week to All.

God is great ALL THE TIME! 
Love and Hugs,
LadyEm

Counting Blessings · Davis Family · Italy · Quarantine2020

Quarantine Blessings… Food and Beach!

… Where to begin!

Dear all my American Friends…

Last evening, for the first time in- are you ready – 63 days, we ordered delivery. No restaurants are open. There is no such thing as “curb side pick up”. We got Caprese Salad with Prosciutto, gnocchi, margherita pizza, fried mix of things, and spaghetti fruiti di mare. I am quite sure I just spelled it all wrong, but LOOK AT IT!

And then y’all, the Magic happened. After dinner, walked out of our Parco without papers, and walked to the beach. IT WAS GLORIOUS. We saw people that were NOT our family. I picked up shells. The air was beautiful. The beach itself was filthy, but I got some good picks that I am pretty sure I cut the trash out of. LOL I’m not even complaining though because I needed this.

Yesterday, I said I was going to talk about Quarantine tips and trials. But I think I will move that to tomorrow. I need to think about it and make the post honest, but positive. We know who our God is. Catholic families are strong. And we are gonna get through all this with each other’s help.

Yesterday we counted a lot of blessings. I mean – the lawn people even came. It’s like a Q2020 Miracle. LOL

God is great ALL THE TIME!
Love and Hugs,
LadyEm

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Quarantine Crafting: Craft Room & Mojo…

Dear Crafty Ones,

I hesitate to say I am starting to make cards again, but if I keep buying things and don’t make anything, I will be in the dog house. LOL So – I have purposed to spend some time every day in my craft room. I may or may not have told you (yes, I know I have like 10,000 times)… Everything and I mean EVERYTHING takes longer in Italy.

So, my chores took longer… and when I got to my craft room, God sure smiled at me. I am trying to make Thank You cards for the USO, and I have several Graduation cards to make. And I need to get packages out, Mother’s Day stuff. I’ve lost my organizing and crafting mojo…but I think it’s coming back.

My craft room has been mostly organized chaos. I have so much stuff in this tiny little space, I literally can not concentrate. It’s HARD! lol Last evening, I spent some time organizing things, and today, I came down here, and I was determined to craft. I started looking for something and I found this folder of printed out images, but I’d forgotten that I had colored a few.

Then, I remembered I have a bin with half-started cards or leftovers from old card group classes. I have tons of scraps, fronts of “thank you” cards, and random papers I have stashed. And y’all, just like that – I started creating. I’m super excited.

I have been doing a weekly video update on Facebook. I’ll be back with cards and wit. Quarantine Tips & Trials tomorrow – It’s gonna be a fun post.

Today in Italy, we had our first food delivery AND a walk on the beach to boot. We are happy campers. I won’t keep you longer. I do hope you enjoyed my cards. I’ve missed being in the right frame of mind to craft.

Tomorrow marks eight weeks of Quarantine for our kids, 64 days for me (due to the hubs surgery), and my mind is discombobulated. Anywhooo…

Have a great rest of your Monday.

Love & Hugs,
Lady Em